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Killers & Thieves Is A Game About Medieval Burglary

This is one of the nicest video game surprises I’ve had in a long time. Stoic, creators of the excellent Banner Saga, dropped a game on Steam this week out of almost nowhere. And it’s pretty good! Killers & Thieves is a game made by Stoic co-founder Alex Thomas, and is all about the daily operations of a thieves guild. Like a Darkest Dungeon Lite, without the combat and depression. Taking charge of a roster of thieves, acrobats and knife-wielding cutthroats, you need to manage their HQ, send them out on missions, recruit new members and work your way through a campaign. The game is split into two sections. There’s a management aspect, which you play via a gorgeous cutaway illustration of your thieve’s HQ and some lush top-down maps, but you’re also directly responsible for the missions you send everyone out on. Advertisement The missions are played in real-time from a side-scrolling perspective, with the idea being you need to manage your thieves (who each have various skills) to get them in the right place at the right time, so they can pull off heists as quickly READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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An Arcade Shooter That's Anime As Hell

GIF Meka On is a “run-and-gun-and-sword-and-weeb-and-zoom-boom-fwoosh mecha brawler” available on PC, Mac, and Linux. Players guide a giant robot through endless waves of enemies. It’s a delicious slice of arcade fun, full of explosions and laser swords. Anime as all hell, it’s a perfect Indie Pick. I have a special place in my heart for giant mechs. There’s just something about them that’s inherently cool. Meka On (stylized as メカ-ON!) doubles down on the mystique and excitement of giant mech combat, streamlining it into a satisfying twin stick experience. Armed with a sword and blasty laser cannon, all you have to do is survive as long as possible. Waves grow larger and larger, and there’s even a dangerous and adorable boss bunny to defeat. GIF Meka On is a prototype, but it exudes a lot of style. Fractal Phase also designed another Indie Pick, the flashy arcade flight game Sky Rogue. Meka On follows a very similar road map: take something cool (planes in Sky Rogue, robots here), create a solid core gameplay loop, and add a bit of charming flair. Fractal Phase excels at capturing a clear feeling of time and READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Blasphemous

Blasphemous Is Basically A 2D Dark Souls

GIF There’s a Kickstarter campaign for Blasphemous, a game which looks very cool for a number of reasons, but mostly because it looked like some guys went “hey we should make a side-scrolling Dark Souls” then actually went and did it. Here’s the pitch: Blasphemous is an action-platformer that combines the fast-paced, skilled combat of a hack-n-slash game with a deep and evocative narrative core, delivered through exploration of a huge universe comprised of non-linear levels. But perhaps of more interest to you, as someone who can’t actually play the game (yet), is pixel art like this: GIF and this: GIF and this: GIF The development team—the same studio behind The Last Door—are looking at bringing Blasphemous to PC, with stretch goals present to try and get it to console as well. Advertisement Advertisement Blasphemous is asking for $50,000. You can back it here if you want. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Grogshot Games

2D Roguelite Sons of the Void Kickstarter Campaign and Steam Greenlight Launch

Indie developer Grogshot Games announces the Steam Greenlight release and Kickstarter campaign of its roguelite, squad-based 2D dungeon-crawler with RPG elements: Sons of the Void. …Read More The post 2D Roguelite Sons of the Void Kickstarter Campaign and Steam Greenlight Launch by Jordan Loeffler appeared first on DualShockers.

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Don't Know Much About Heroes Of Shadow Guard, But It's Got A Lovely Keyboard

Tell me more of this impulse control. Until Wednesday afternoon I was completely unaware of Heroes of Shadow Guard, a free-to-play dungeon crawler/designer game from Louisiana-based indie studio Iron 27. Then the limited edition keyboard was released. Advertisement Video game themed keyboards aren’t a new thing, but generally they come from large gaming keyboard operations and tie-in to big games like Call of Duty or Overwatch or Star Wars: The Old Republic. Heroes of Shadow Guard is not one of those. Heroes of Shadow Guard is a free-to-play indie game for iOS, Android and PC in which players build and explore old-school 3D RPG labyrinths. Players build dungeons, other players attack them. They can form large guilds to battle together, or take on an extensive single-player campaign. It’s pretty nifty, and I would have completely missed it if a listing for the limited edition Shadow Guard keyboard hadn’t shown up on my go-to keyboard impulse-buy headquarters, MechanicalKeyboards.com. My first reaction was, “Wow, those purple and orange LEDs look really amazing together.” My second was, “What the hell is a Shadow Guard?” The third thought involved spending $109 on a READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

A Walk in the Dark

Limbo-Like A Walk in the Dark Announced for Xbox One and Windows 10 with Announcement Trailer

Flying Turtle Software’s 2D action platformer, A Walk in the Dark, is making its way to Xbox One and Windows 10 as a Xbox Play Anywhere title. …Read More The post Limbo-Like A Walk in the Dark Announced for Xbox One and Windows 10 with Announcement Trailer by Jordan Loeffler appeared first on DualShockers.

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Rakuen, a game we’ve been tracking for a while now, is finally out on PC.

Rakuen, a game we’ve been tracking for a while now, is finally out on PC. Rakuen, a game we’ve been tracking for a while now, is finally out on PC. You play a sick kid in a hospital who can travel to a fantasy world, helping his other sick friends along the way. Luke Plunkett is a Contributing Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Röki, An Adventure Game About The Deep Dark Woods

GIF Röki is an upcoming adventure game about a girl who heads out into the wild and runs into a lot more than just some deer and snow. Advertisement It’s the product of Polygon Treehouse, a new studio founded by two former art directors at Guerrilla Cambridge. The game is due out in 2018. While the stills and art below have a stark cuteness to them, the kind of cartoonish background you expect from an adventure game, note that the environments themselves are actually modelled in 3D, as you can see in the game’s trailer. To see the images in their native resolution, click on the “expand” button in the top-left corner. Fine Art is a celebration of the work of video game artists, showcasing the best of both their professional and personal portfolios. If you’re in the business and have some concept, environment, promotional or character art you’d like to share, drop us a line! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Slime-san Is An Indie Platformer That Wants To Sweep You Off Your Feet

Slime-San is the type of twitchy, lighting-quick platformer I‘m happy to spend hours dying in. Advertisement Filled with micro levels similar to Super Meat boy, the fourth project from the New York studio Fabraz takes the labyrinths of classic games like Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong Country and condenses them down into a single screen that pulses with obstacles and possibilities. In it you play as a little green slime who gets trapped inside the belly of a worm and needs to hop his way back out to safety. As a result, each level has a time limit, with a deadly wave of stomach acid that eventually scrolls across to incentivize progress. You can hop and dash in mid air, as well as slow down time and jump up walls, making every gauntlet easy to out maneuver if you can stay composed and graceful. Slime-San is on PC and Mac (with Fabraz looking to port the game to consoles through its publisher, Headup Games), but it’s best played with a controller. Despite all of the abilities that need to be managed, there’s really no replacement for the intuitive handling of READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The Long Dark is an excellent sandbox survival game, but its promised story mode has been a long tim

The Long Dark is an excellent sandbox survival game, but its promised story mode has been a long tim The Long Dark is an excellent sandbox survival game, but its promised story mode has been a long time coming. The first two of five episodes will finally be out in August, and here’s a trailer for them. Luke Plunkett is a Contributing Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Degica Games

Voxel Shot VR Brings the Voxzombocalypse with a May Release Date

Publisher Degica Games and developer SAT-BOX have announced that their VR voxel zombie shooter will be coming to Steam later this month with a launch discount. …Read More The post Voxel Shot VR Brings the Voxzombocalypse with a May Release Date by Jordan Loeffler appeared first on DualShockers.

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Homeless Survival Experience CHANGE Kickstarter Launch Date Announced

Delve Interactive, the indie developer behind PONCHO, has announced a Kickstarter campaign for is roguelike homeless survival experience CHANGE. …Read More The post Homeless Survival Experience CHANGE Kickstarter Launch Date Announced by Jordan Loeffler appeared first on DualShockers.

Bethesda Asks For Indie Game's Name To Be Changed Because It Has 'Prey' In it

GIF Prey for the Gods, an indie PC game paying homage to Shadow of the Colossus, now has a new name courtesy of some pressure from Bethesda, publishers of the upcoming Prey. In a post mostly about updates made to the game following its successful Kickstarter, No Matter Studios also announce that the project will now be known as Praey for the Gods after Bethesda “chose to oppose our [trademark].” Advertisement Advertisement “We could’ve fought this and we did think about it for quite a while”, the statement says. “Something like a trademark opposition can be long and depending on how far someone wants to fight it can be very expensive. We didn’t want to spend our precious Kickstarter funds, nor did we want to have to ask for additional funds to fight this in court.” “The truth is we initially thought about naming the game Præy for the Gods prior to our initial trailer. The logo has both the woman praying against the duality of prey, and thankfully we get to continue to use that. We figured people would have a hard time trying to type in the æ symbol in search engines etc. This was back in 2015…

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A New Jet Combat Game For The PC

Project Wingman is a PC game that’s looking to scratch an Ace Combat-sized itch for arcade jet combat. Advertisement The game is still in development, but you can grab progress builds over on its site and check it out now. There’s not much available at the moment, just a single skirmish mission using one fighter, but I’m liking what’s there! It’s got a nice clean design to it, the visuals are great (even at ground level) and your movement, even using a controller, feels nice and tight. While the short-term future for Project Wingman involves just getting things working, some of the items on its future wishlist include a proper singleplayer campaign, more weapons, more aircraft and a “wave based survival mode”. If you want to try it out, you can download it here. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!